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SAFE 2014


SAFE is the ultimate tool for designing concrete floor and foundation systems. From framing
layout all the way through to detail drawing production, SAFE integrates every aspect of the
engineering design process in one easy and intuitive environment. SAFE provides unmatched
benefits to the engineer with its truly unique combination of power, comprehensive
capabilities, and ease-of-use.
Laying out models is quick and efficient with the sophisticated drawing tools, or use one of the
import options to bring in data from CAD, spreadsheet, or database programs. Slabs or
foundations can be of any shape, and can include edges shaped with circular and spline
Post-tensioning may be included in both slabs and beams to balance a percentage of the selfweight. Suspended slabs can include flat, two-way, waffle, and ribbed framing systems.
Models can have columns, braces, walls, and ramps connected from the floors above and
below. Walls can be modeled as either straight or curved.
Mats and foundations can include nonlinear uplift from the soil springs, and a nonlinear
cracked analysis is available for slabs. Generating pattern surface loads is easily done by SAFE
with an automated option. Design strips can be generated by SAFE or drawn in a completely
arbitrary manner by the user, with complete control provided for locating and sizing the
calculated reinforcement. Finite element design without strips is also available and useful for
slabs with complex geometries.
Comprehensive and customizable reports are available for all analysis and design results.
Detailed plans, sections, elevations, schedules, and tables may be generated, viewed, and
printed from within SAFE or exported to CAD packages.
SAFE provides an immensely capable yet easy-to-use program for structural designers,
provideing the only tool necessary for the modeling, analysis, design, and detailing of concrete
slab systems and foundations.

User Interface
SAFE offers a single user interface to perform: Modeling, Analysis, Design, Detailing and
Reporting. A model explorer is available for quick access to objects, properties, and forms.
Enhanced User Interface: One Window, Many Views

Users can have up to 4 simultaneous display windows open.

Model Explorer:

The model explorer gives users quick acess to all of the

data in their SAFE model. Navigate your model by clicking
on saved views and edit your model by dragging and
dropping properties directly onto objects in the model

SAFE offers a variety of templates for quickly starting a new model including flat slabs, twoway slabs, basemats, waffle slabs, ribbed slabs, and single or combined footings.

Model Views
View and manipulate analytical model with great precision.
Analytical Model:

Analytical model views display the finite element model of the structure which is made up of
the the connectivity of the joints, frames, shells, and defined meshing.

Physical Model:

Physical model views that accurately

displays cardinal insertion points, local
axes rotations, wall junctions, and

Drawing Tools
Many drawing and drafting utilities are built into SAFE to enhance the engineer's modeling
experience. Users will find that many of the common industry standard shortcuts and controls
are also available in SAFE.
Intelligent Snaps:

Intelligent snaps make model generation simple by automatically detecting intersections,

extensions, parallels, and perpendiculars. Drawing helper tools will show physical extrusions
even when in analytical draw mode.

Architectural Tracing:

Users can import an architectural DXF or DWG into the background and use it as tracing paper
to generate slab geometry. Alternatively, one can right button click and automatically convert
the architectural shape into a SAFE structural object.

Horizont Graph Paper:

Horizon graph paper adjusts to

optimal scale when zooming and
aids in the drawing of the model.

User Coordinate System:

A User Coordinate System acts like a new coordinate system that is defined with respect to a
certain point or line. SAFE allows for many coordinate systems to be defined in a single model.

Grid Systems
In SAFE, grids can be defined as cartesian, cylindrical, or general free-form grid systems.
There is no limit to the number of grid systems in a model and they can be rotated in any
direction or placed at any origin within the model.

Developed Elevations
Developed elevations can elevate any drawn path on a plan view. This is particularly useful for
elevating a path along a design strip.

Interactive Database Editing

Interactive database editing allows users to edit model data from a table view which simplifies
the task of making changes to the model. Tables are easily exportable and importable from
Excel and Microsoft Access.

Object Based Meshing

Object based meshing generates meshes based on the specified maximum element size. It will
mesh parallel and perpendicular to the longest edge, grid system, or area local axes and will
aim to maintain good element aspect ratios.

Dimension Lines
Dimension lines can be drawn on the SAFE model in both architectural or decimal units. They
are linked to the objects that they are referencing so if the size of the object changes, so will
the dimension line.

Structural Components
Foundations, Basemats, and Footings
SAFE is ideal for modeling foundations, basemats, and footings. Easily model soil supports and
zero tension soil models with uplift analysis. The area assignment of soil supports is based on
the subgrade modulus, and they automatically adjust whenever the mesh changes. Basemat
foundation models can include pedestals, walls, columns, beams, and piles in addition to the
foundation area.

Walls and Ramps

Wall and ramps can be modeled as line loads, line supports, or explicitly modeled with wall
elements. Define ridge zones to prevent slab deformations at the wall or ramp location.

Columns in SAFE can be Rectangular, T-shaped, L-shaped, Circular, or General with userdefined properties. Rigid zones can be defined to prevent slab deformations at column
locations. Drop panels can be easily added at column capitals.

Insertion Points
Insertion points are used to define offsets for beams and columns. They can either be defined
on quick SAFE defined cardinal points or based on user-defined dimensions.

Spring Supports
Spring supports are used to define soil supports. They can be defined as either points, lines, or
areas and as tension only or compression only.

Design Strips
Design strips are used to define how reinforcement requirements are to be calculated. SAFE
can automatically define the strips for you, or you can define them yourself.
General Design Strips

Orthogonal, non-orthogonal, multi-segment, and varying width design strips are all supported
supported by SAFE.

Automatic Width Strips

Design strip widths can be determined automatically by SAFE, or they can be manually defined
by the user for more complex designs.

Post-Tensioning (P/T)
SAFE includes the ability to define post-tensioning in slabs, as banded or distributed tendons.
P/T Overview

An interactive tendon editor simplifies the task of laying out the tendon profiles. Tendon
layouts can also be automated based on strip position and direction.

Autostrip and layout:

SAFE has templates built in to define a quick tendon layout based on strips. There are
automated profiles for specified precompression and balancing ratios.

Loading Diagrams
Show the the loads in both 2D and 3D views of your SAFE model. Display color contoured area
loading diagrams with loading values, or mouse over various parts of your model to get
instantaneous loading values.

Load Cases and Combinations

SAFE allows for an unlimited number of load cases and combinations. Design combinations will
automatically be added based on the selected design code, including strength and service
combinations. Linear additive, envelope, absolute additive, SRSS, and range functions have
been built in to the load combination editor for efficiency.

Point, Line, and Area Loads

Point loads can be defined as single points or point loads on lines or areas. Point loads include
a load size for punching shear. Line loads can be defined as uniform or trapezoidal. Area loads
can be defined as uniform or non uniform surface loads.

Auto Pattern Live Loads

Auto pattern live loads are automatically
generated patterns based on the grids defined
by design strips. Results from each single
panel are combined with the Range Add load
combination. User-defined pattern live loads
can also be included.

Tendon Loads and Losses

Tendon loads and losses are easily defined and calculated by SAFE. Users can define jacking
from either end of the tendon or both. The specified jacking stress is converted to load.
Calculation of losses can based on a force percentage, user-defined stress values, or on more
detailed calculations.

CSI solvers have been tried and
tested by the industry for over 35
years. The SAPFire Analysis Engine
can support multiple 64-bit solvers
for analysis optimization and
perform both Eigen Analysis and Ritz

Deflection Control
Deflection control
can be performed
using a nonlinear
analysis or a longterm cracked
analysis which takes
in to account
concrete creep and

Dynamic analyses can be performed using either Ritz or Eigen Vectors. Response spectrum
loads and modes can be directly imported from ETABS.

Strip Based Design
SAFE will calculate the
minimum reinforcement
requirements of area,
intensity, or number of
bars. Design will be
performed at multiple
stations. Design strips
can be non-orthogonal
and of varying width.

FEM Based Slab Design

Finite element based design does not require
design strips. It is ideal for complex geometry
where defining strips can be difficult. The
design will output contour plots of rebar
density by averaging of peaks over user
defined widths. This helps with identifying
"hot spots" for reinforcing design.

Beam Design
SAFE performs design of conventional and post-tensioned concrete beams per code minimum
reinforcement requirements. Flexure, shear, and torsion are all considered in design.

Punching Shear Check

The punching shear check and design in SAFE considers column location, openings, and slab
edges. SAFE will also perform an additional drop panel check and design punching
reinforcement ties or shear studs if required.

Post-Tensioning Stress Checks

Post-tensioning stress checks are performed for transfer, final, and long term conditions. SAFE
will display top/bottom of slab stress contours as well as demand capacity ratio contours that
users can mouse over for instantaneous values.

Design Codes
SAFE will peform both traditional reinforced concrete design checks
as well as post-tensioned concrete design.

Output and Display

Deformed Geometry
Deformed geometry can be shown after running the analysis. Values are displayed
instantaneously when you mouse over the model. The deformed geometry can be displayed as
filled or line contour plots.

Force Diagrams
Display axial force, shear, moment, torsion, and stress diagrams on beams or strips for
individual load cases or combinations in both 2D and 3D views. Minimum and maximum values
will automatically be displayed.
Beam Forces

Force diagrams can be displayed for any component.

Strip Forces

Mouse over the force diagrams

for instantaneous values.

Shell Contours
Display force, moment, shear, and stress contour plots based on a particular load case or load
combination in both 2D or 3D views.
Shell Contour Diagrams

Display shell contours as load flow arrows or as stress contour plots.

Bearing Pressure

Display type of reactions as point recations, net/point wall reactions, or soil pressures.
Reaction Diagrams
Display selected reaction components for load cases and combinations as vectors and values,
or as tables that can be positioned by the user.

Animations and Image Capture

Make your work shine by capturing images as EMF, BMP, JPG, TIF, GIF, or PNG and include
them in your client reports. SAFE also performs video capture of animations as AVI files.

Tabular Output
View database tables containing all input data, analysis results, and design results in a tabular
format within the SAFE user interface. Users can filter, sort, and query the table data and print
or save the data to Microsoft Access, Excel, HTML, or Text formats.

Rendered Views
Display and capture realistic model views, including rebar cages, in a 3D view that is based on
the SAFE detailing rebar layouts.

Drawing Generation
SAFE will detail your concrete slab based on the design results. Specify detailing rules and
choose from standard, metric, and ANSI sheet size and engineering, metric, and architectural
Drawing Sheets

Typical drawing sheets automatically generated and are composed of drawing component
views. Add views from the component list or by drag-and-drop directly from from the Model
Explorer onto the drawing sheets.

Title Blocks

Three predefined title block choices are built in to the SAFE Detailer that allow you to import
your title block from a DXF.
Detailing Rules
Control bar sizes and spacing, beam and slab curtailment rules, and control information
displayed in rebar callouts. Specify bars around openings or choose to detail only bars above a
typical quantity.

Edit drawing component views by modifying text size, font and text placement.

Component Views
Drawing component views are the basic building blocks for drawings. Drag framing plans,
reinforcement plans, section cuts, rebar tables and schedules, bill of quantities, reinforcement
profiles, tendon layout plan, and tendon profile elevations onto sheets to create your

Reinforcement Plans
SAFE detailing will display all reinforcement plans to show indicative bars or all bars.
Reinforcement Plan Overview:

Users can customize rebar callouts or bar marks. Reinforcement will always follow strip

Edit rebar size, number, and length and all associated views will automatically be updated.
Quickly review the provided reinforcement versus required reinforcement.

Tendon Layout Plans

Detailing of tendons in SAFE will show all tendons or indicative tendons, anchor and stressing
end indicators, and tendon profile elevations.

Section Cuts
Get an instant section cut elevation by defining sections and ranges through slabs, beams, and

Print and Export Drawings

Print drawings and views directly to a printer or plotter. Alternatively, export drawings and
views to DXF or DWG format and edit drawings further in AutoCAD or other CAD software.

Report Generation
The report generator features include an indexed table of contents, model definition
information, and analysis and design results in tabulated format. The report generation is fully
customizable to include only the content that you want.

Import and Export

Supported Formats
Import models from SAP2000 and ETABS. All loads, geometry, section properties, and wall
deformations can be imported. Import and export geometry and result plots from DXF or DWG
files. SAFE is also compatible with Autodesk Revit Structure.

Autodesk Revit Structure

CSI has developed CSiXRevit, a plugin to Autodesk Revit Structure.

CSiXRevit, a CSI developed plugin for Autodesk Revit Structure, provides a bi-directional link
between SAP2000, ETABS, and/or SAFE and Autodesk Revit Structure 2015.
Four (4) options are available to interchange data:

Revit Structure to create a new CSI model

Revit Structure to update an existing CSI model
CSI software to create a new Revit Structure project
CSI software to update an existing Revit Structure project

These options provide for true round-tripping of data between CSI software and Autodesk
Revit Structure.